Over 100 new skilled institutes–engineering, administration and pharmacy–have obtained approval from the All India Council for Technical Training (AICTE) to start out admissions from 2020-21 tutorial yr. Preserving in thoughts the nation-wide lockdown attributable to Covid-19, for the primary time, AICTE authorised these schools by scrutinising all vital paperwork on-line and conducting a digital tour of the institute to examine the infrastructure earlier than signing off their approvals.
As per figures shared by AICTE, a complete of 58 new engineering diploma and diploma schools have been authorised for the 2020-21 tutorial yr, growing the general consumption capability by 16,333 seats. Nevertheless, as a result of gradual decline in demand for engineering seats altogether, greater than 600 engineering institutes have sought discount of their consumption capability and one other 140 institutes throughout the nation have requested permission to close down fully. This can additional convey down the entire consumption capability of engineering institutes by over 1.22 lakh within the upcoming tutorial yr.
In a press release launched in Could 2020, the council had clarified that requirement of paperwork stays similar to previous couple of years. “We devised on-line scrutiny of paperwork and digital institute inspections as a way to proceed with approval of latest schools. This was finished because the approval course of coulnnot be delayed any additional and subsequently, we needed to give you a viable answer,” mentioned Anil Sahasrabuddhe, chairman, AICTE. He added that the net scrutiny has been at par with any bodily scrutiny that institutes have been put via up to now.
As soon as once more this yr, not a single new engineering institute has obtained approval in Maharashtra for 2020-21, as but.
Final yr, whereas new approvals have made approach for 54,618 seats throughout diploma and undergraduate and put up graduate institutes, the entire consumption capability of engineering institutes has gone down by over 2.20 lakh, together with 99,806 diploma seats and 1.20 lakh UG and PG seats, owing to both closure of institutes or divisions in sure sectors.
“Engineering institutes throughout the nation have been struggling and majority haven’t managed to draw sufficient college students over time. The ban on new engineering institutes has been to make sure management over the mushrooming of institutes that don’t promise high quality schooling,” added Sahasrabuddhe.
For the reason that two-year ban on new engineering institutes was applied beginning 2020, a number of institutes have sought permission to start out new branches in Synthetic Intelligence (AI), Blockchain, Knowledge Science and Analytics, Robotics or the likes.
“A number of branches of engineering together with civil and mechanical are attracting only a few college students off late as a result of low job provides they get. The software program trade, alternatively, is constantly evolving and thus attracting good jobs and college students,” mentioned Gopakumaran Thampi, principal, Thadomal Shahani Engineering School, Bandra. He added that discount of seats in redundant branches and giving enhance to new dimensions within the subject is being welcomed by engineering aspirants.